Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I had planned to share my new front door decor, but alas, like many residents of the MS Gulf Coast, all  loose outside objects have been secured as we await the arrival of Hurricane Isaac. Instead, I thought I would share with you a set of my favorite dinnerware.  I began collecting Memory Lane ironstone many years ago, but my love of the pattern began when I was just a little girl.  My Grandma Mercer had one dinner plate.  I imagine that she picked it up either in a box of laundry soap or as a reward for shopping at the IGA of Chattahoochee, Florida.  I came to love her one plate.  My grandmother would make sure that my food was served on that plate no matter what other dinnerware pattern was set on her table!  When she passed away, I was blessed to receive her dining room set which included a lovely buffet with glass knobs along with the matching table and chairs.  I also received my Memory Lane plate.

During my search for more pattern pieces, I found out that Memory Lane is considered a transferware pattern and was made in the 1960's by the Royal Ironstone Company.  Transferware is highly collectable.  You may see patterns consisting of two-tone colors such as blue and white and red and white.  The Memory Lane pattern consists of a cream color background with a pink/red hue of acorn and leaves around the edging with different scenes in the middle reminiscent of Currier and Ives. It looks terrific paired with toile fabrics. 

My collection has grown from one dinner plate to...
13-  Dinner Plates
9-    Berry Bowls
3-    Soup Bowls
6-    Bread and Butter
3-    Salad Plates
13-  Cups and Saucers
1-    Sugar and Creamer Set
1-    Cake Plate
1-    Casserole Dish

It is fitting that the pattern is called Memory Lane as it evokes many memories of special times spent at my grandmother's table. I wonder what she would think of my treasure! What is your favorite dinnerware setting for your table? 

13 comments:

  1. I can tell you what Grandmother Mercer would think. She would be very proud of the fact that her first grandchild loved her plate so much and has acquired place settings of this beautiful set of dinnerware. She would also be extremely proud that her buffet, table and chairs have such a prominent place in your home. She knew how much you loved that dining room set and she always promised that you would receive it. Like you, she loved beautiful things!

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  2. Thank you Mom! I love having bits and pieces of my her everyday life around me.

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  3. Hey there. I'm your newest follower. I found you by doing a Google search on Memory Lane dishes. I started collecting a few years ago. I absolutely love them. I found a bunch of it in an antique shop in Arizona.
    Anyway, have a great day.
    Jeanette

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    1. Good Morning Jeanette! I am excited that you found my blog. I was just over at yours and am your newest follower. I love these dishes. We just came back from a road trip with stops in VA to see our son who is a civilian employee with the Navy and then on to Canada and PN, with lots of stops in between. I never saw one Memory Lane dish! I was hoping to find at least a few. They must all be in Arizona!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. What a wonderful collection with wonderful memories attached!! Hopefully one day I'll be able to grow my collection. Thank you for visiting earlier and inviting me over!

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    1. I am so glad you stopped by. I think you will love collecting Memory Lane. Have a wonderful weekend!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  5. Hi, I have a large collection of this dinner ware and sadly have to move. The collection is much more than I need and I would like to find it a good home. I live in Vermont and could ship it to someone but I don't know how safe this travels. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can do a count of the various plates and bowls for you to make an offer. Thanks, D

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    1. I have purchased pieces that have required shipping and they have shipped fine with proper packing. Could you send pictures and a count of what you have? Still Woods Farmhouse can be contacted at stillwoodsfarmhouse@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing what you have!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  6. As I sat eating my scrambled eggs this morning in one of my yard sale finds, a cute little bowl with an acorn pattern, I decided to look it up online and was led to your site. I had no idea that my set of four berry bowls were collectible. I bought them because I liked the pattern on them...they remind me of the green dishes with a similar pattern on them that my Grandma Palmer used to have. Even though one bowl has a slight crack in it, the other four are in perfect condition! Thank you for the information. I will definitely be looking for more pieces to add to my berry bowl collection.

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  7. Hi Maria,
    I am so glad you found your way here while searching for Memory Lane. I am not sure where you live, but I have found more of this pattern in TN than where I live on the MS Gulf Coast. Our son lives in VA and I have not found a piece of Memory Lane in a state abounding with antique stores! Hope you are able to add to your collection. Stop back by and let me know what you find!
    Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  8. I have some Memory Lane dinnerware,in the original boxes. There is a dinner plate,cup,and dish that goes under the cup. I also have one loose dinner plate and a platter. All of these have the same pattern,and was wondering what kind of cost these pieces would bring. They are from England,so the stamp on the back says. Any help would be appreciative.

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  9. I too inherited my set from my grandmother, as well as my mother in law. Doubly lucky. I so enjoy serving meals on dishes from the two great ladies. I makes me so happy to read of others that enjoy the sentimentality of the whimsical pieces. Happy collecting!
    Jen

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  10. I collect these as well. Originally from CT, My family had a full set of memory lane. After years of living in Florida, I came across several plates in 2012. Had to have them. I will never forget my mother's face the first time I served dinner using these plates. She was so happy! They are my everyday pick for every meal.

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